Lamborghini Jalpa

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Lamborghini Jalpa
Manufacturer Lamborghini
Parent company Lamborghini
Production start 1981
Production_end 1988
Model years
Predecessor Lamborghini Urraco
Lamborghini Silhouette
Successor Lamborghini Gallardo
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door targa
Layout RMR layout
Engine 3485 cc V8
Transmission 5 speed manual
Wheelbase 2451 mm
Length 4330 mm
Width 1880 mm
Height 1140 mm
Weight 1510 kg
Related Lamborghini Urraco
Lamborghini Silhouette
Designer Carrozzeria Bertone
Lamborghini Jalpa at Wheels Of Italy

The Lamborghini Jalpa was a car produced by the Italian automaker Lamborghini from 1981 to 1988. The Jalpa was a development of the earlier Silhouette, but was rather more successful; a total of 416 examples were sold. The Jalpa was intended to fill a role as a more "affordable" Lamborghini, being much cheaper than the Countach. Instead of the big car's V12, the Jalpa was fitted with a transversely-mounted 3.5 litre V8 that developed 255 hp. The bodywork was designed by Bertone, and built by Silver Car of Turin.

The name Jalpa came from a famous breed of fighting bulls, Ferruccio Lamborghini having been an aficionado of the bullring and thus most Lamborghini cars were given bullfighting-related names.

Compared to the Countach, the Jalpa was much easier to drive, having better visibility and being more tractable in heavy traffic and at slow speeds. At night, however, there were many distracting internal reflections (a common curse of the Italian low-volume car).

Originally the plastic components (bumpers, air intakes and engine cover) were black, and the car carried over the rectangular taillights of the Silhouette. In 1984, however, the plastic became body-colored, and round taillights were fitted.

In 1988, after falling sales, the new owners, Chrysler, decided to end Jalpa production.

The official top speed of the Jalpa was 146 mph (234 Km/h) but higher speeds have been claimed. The weight with all fluids is 3322 lb (1,507 kg).

1986 Lamborghini Jalpa California Spider (Prototype)

See also

Also can be seen in ROCKY IV - when Rocky Balboa (Stallone) is driving and remembering the past.

Lamborghini Models
Current models: Reventón | Murciélago LP640 | Murciélago LP640 Roadster | Murcielago Spider | Gallardo | Gallardo Spyder

Historic models: Miura | Countach | Diablo | Espada | Silhouette | Jalpa | 350GT | 400GT | Islero | Jarama | LM002 | Urraco

Concept models: Athon | Bravo | Cala | Cheetah | Concept S | Flying Star II | 3500GTZ | Genesis | LM001 | LM003 | LM004 | LMA002 | Marco Polo | Marzal | Miura Concept | Portofino | Raptor

Owned Group:Volkswagen | Audi | SEAT | Škoda | Bentley | Bugatti | Lamborghini

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